Dr. Kumar Nandakumar

Dr. Kumar NandakumarProfessor Emeritus 
Gordon A. and Mary Cain Endowed Chair Professor
Paul Horton Endowed Chair Professor
Cain Department of Chemical Engineering
110 Chemical Engineering, South Stadium Road
Baton Rouge, LA, 70803, USA

Phone (Office): +1 225 578 2361,
Cell: +1 225 278 7174,
e-mail: nandakumar@lsu.edu

Research Areas: CFD modelling, multiphase transport processes 

Dr. Nandakumar's took early retirement from the University of Alberta after 25 years of service (Jan 1983-Dec 2007). He is currently the Gordon A and Mary Cain Endowed Chair Professor at the Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, USA.

His main research interests are in the area of multiphase flows, computational fluid dynamics, computer aided modeling of chemical, mineral, polymer and electrochemical processes, including fuel cells.

He has been a Humboldt Research Fellow in Erlangen, Germany during 1989-90, a visiting professor at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore during 1996-97, and a visiting professor at the National University of Singapore during 2002.

His research has been supported by NSERC discovery, strategic and CRD grants and by industries such as Syncrude Canada, DuPont Canada and Koch-Glitsch. He has given training courses on computational fluid dynamics to industry.

He has given talks at various industrial laboratories around the world, including lectures on packed column modeling at Raschg Gmbh in Germany, Sulzer in Switzerland, BOC Gases in NJ, USA, Engineers India Ltd. in New Delhi, Indian Oil Corp. in New Delhi and Defence Science and Technology Organization, Australia.

He has received the Albright & Wilson Americas Award and the RS Jane award from the Canadian Society of Chemical Engineering, the AC Rutherford Award for excellence in teaching from the University of Alberta and Frank Spragins Award and the Excellence in Education Award from the APEGGA. He served as the Editor-in-Chief of The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering during 2005-2009.

To learn about his current activities and coordinates, click here.

Recent Publications

  1. Y. Bai, U. Sundararaj, K. Nandakumar, “Non-isothermal modeling of heat transfer inside an internal batch mixer,” Accepted in AIChEJ (Oct2010).
  2. Amiri S, Hayes RE, Nandakumar K, and Sarkar, P.., “Mathematical modeling of a novel tubular micro-solid oxide fuel cell and experimental validation,” Chem Eng Sci., 65 (2010) 6001-6013.
  3. Cunkui Huang, Chunli Li, Phillip Y. K. Choi, K. Nandakumar and Larry W. Kostiuk, “Effect of cut-off distance used in molecular dynamics simulations on fluid properties,” Molecular Simulation, 36 (2010) 856-864.
  4. Mranal Jain, A. Yeung and K. Nandakumar, Analysis of Electrokinetic Mixing Techniques using Comparative Mixing Index, Micromachines, 1 (2010) 36-47.
  5. Mranal Jain. and K. Nandakumar, Novel Index for Micromixing Characterization and Comparative Analysis, Biomicrofluidics, 4, 031101, 2010.
  6. Cunkui Huang, Phillip Y. K. Choi, K. Nandakumar and Larry W. Kostiuk, “A novel method for molecular dynamic simulations in the isothermal-isobaric ensemble,” Molecular Physics (accepted, Jul 24, 2010).
  7. Cunkui Huang, P. Minev, Jingli Luo, K. Nandakumar, “A phenomenological model for erosion of material in a horizontal slurry pipeline flow,” Wear 269 (2010) 190-196.
  8. Si Huang, A. A. Mohamad, K. Nandakumar, Z. Y. Ruan and D. K. Sang, “Numerical simulation of unsteady flow in a multistage centrifugal pump using sliding mesh technique,” Progress in Computational Fluid Dynamics,10 (2010) 239-245.
  9. Rupesh K. Reddy, Shi Jin, K. Nandakumar, Peter D. Minev, Jyeshtharaj B. Joshi, “Direct numerical simulation of a freely falling sphere in creeping flow” Int. J. Comp. Fluid Dynamics, 24 (2010) 109-120.
  10. Ali Abbaspour, Jingli Luo and Nandakumar, K., “Three dimensional random resistor network model for solid oxide fuel cell composite electrodes.” Electrochimica Acta, 55 (2010) 3944-3950.
  11. Mranal Jain, Anthony Yeung, and K. Nandakumar, “Induced Charge Electro-Osmotic Concentration Gradient Generator,” Biomicrofluidics 4, Article Number 014110 (2010).
  12. Dayadeep Monder, Karl T. Chuang, and K. Nandakumar, “A fully coupled multiphysics model for a H2S SOFC,” J. Elec Chem Soc. 157 (2010) B542-B551.
  13. C.-L. Wu; A. S. Berrouk, K. Nandakumar , “An efficient chained-hash-table strategy for collision handling in hard-sphere discrete particle modeling” Powder Tech., 197 (2010) 58-67.
  14. Rupesh K. Reddy, Jyeshtharaj B. Joshi, K. Nandakumar, Peter D. Minev, “Direct numerical simulations of a freely falling sphere using fictitious domain method: Breaking of axi-symmetric wake,” Chem. Eng. Sci., 65 (2010) 2159-2171.
  15. AKM M. Murshed, Biao Huang, K. Nandakumar, Estimation and control of solid oxide fuel cell system, Computers & Chemical Engineering, 34 (2010) 96-111.
  16. Mranal Jain, Yeung, A, Nandakumar, K., “Induced charge electro osmotic mixer: Obstacle shape optimization,” Biomicrofluidics , 3(2), Artcile No. 022413 Published: 2009.
  17. C.-L. Wu; A. S. Berrouk, K. Nandakumar, “Three-dimensional discrete particle model for gas-solid fluidized beds on unstructured mesh,” Chem Eng J., 152 (2009) 514-529.
  18. Shi Jin, Peter D. Minev, and K. Nandakumar, “A scalable parallel algorithm for the direct numerical simulation of multiple particles in a three dimensional incompressible fluid flow”, International Journal of Computational Fluid Dynamics, 23 (2009) 427-437.
  19. Ekambara, K.R. Sean Sanders, K. Nandakumar and Jacob H. Masliyah, “Hydrodynamic Simulation of Horizontal Slurry Pipeline Flow Using ANSYS-CFX,” Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 48 (2009) 8159-8171.
  20. Wang MH, Huang Cunkui, Nandakumar K, Peter D. Minev, Luo J, Chiovelli S, “Computational fluid dynamics modeling and experimental study of erosion in slurry jet flows” International Journal of Computational Fluid Dynamics,: 23 No 2 (2009) 155-172.
  21. Mranal Jain, Yeung A, Nandakumar K, “Efficient Micromixing Using Induced-Charge Electroosmosis, “Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems,18(2) (2009) 376-384.
  22. Veeramani, C., P. D. Minev and K. Nandakumar, “Collision modelling between two non-Brownian particles in multiphase flow”, International Journal of Thermal Sciences, 48 (2009) 226-233. 

*Note to prospective students, Professor Emeriti are retired and therefore, do not take on new students. For a list of current faculty, please click here.*